Trader Joe’s has updated their mask guidelines and does not require customers who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask.
The specialty supermarket is believed to be the first major national retailer to make the change after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new masking guidelines issued Thursday.
“We encourage our customers to follow instructions from health authorities, including CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated not to wear masks when shopping.” Trader Joe’s said on his COVID-19 page that was updated Friday.
Last week, the company confirmed to the US TODAY that it did Senior hours dropped in many of its stores except where required.
The CDC said Thursday that, for the most part, fully vaccinated Americans are no longer required to wear masks indoors and are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded rooms.
However, privately owned companies may still need masks, which most of the country’s largest retailers commissioned last summer. There are other exceptions when the CDC recommends masks, such as: B. in health care, in transport hubs such as airports and train stations. Planes and public transportation.
Several stores, including Walmart and Target, are considering this Make changes to form guidelines.
Corporate conflicts and viral videos of customer tirades broke out amid the coronavirus pandemic, including at Trader Joe. The CDC advised stores not to argue with disgruntled anti-mask customers.
End of June 2020 a woman without a mask at a California Trader Joe’s called employees and buyers “democratic pigs” and shouted swearwords for saying she felt threatened when a customer cursed her for not wearing a mask.
Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, called the CDC’s guidelines confusing and said in a statement that it “fails to take into account how this will affect key workers who are often exposed to those who are not vaccinated.” and refuse to wear them. ” Masks. “
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